While 3D was - for now - definitely not a big success on smartphones, LG continues with it and has just announced its Android 2.3/Gingerbread-powered Optimus 3D Max global kick-off roll-out which starts today in Europe. As first seen at Mobile World Congress 2012, the second-generation 3D smartphone boasts an enhanced chipset and more enticing 3D entertainment features in a slimmer and lighter body. The Optimus 3D Max now includes a new 3D Converter which allows for a greater variety of 3D content as it converts 2D content from Google Earth, Google Maps and other mapping apps into 3D. The 3D Hot Key mounted on the side of the phone enables users to easily toggle between 2D and 3D. The Optimus 3D Max includes 3D-style cubicle icons in addition to its customizable icons which can be amended by applying the users' own photos through the Icon Customizer feature.
Powered by a TI OMAP4430 dual-core CPU at 1.2 GHz, the device features a 4.3" 3D WVGA Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2. It supports HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps and comes with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal flash storage, which can be expanded with microSD memory cards. The device can be connected to TVs, either through the included MHL HDMI converter which allows 1080p 2D/3D connections or through wireless DNLA which also supports 3D video out. Last but not least, the Optimus 3D Max supports NFC and LG Tag+.
Additional features, which will be available through an upcoming maintenance release (MR), includes a Range Finder, which calculates the distance between the camera and a subject as well as the dimensions of an object through triangulation.
As for its new form-factor, the Optimus 3D Max is 2 mm slimmer and 20 g lighter than its predecessor, measuring only 9.6 mm thin and weighing 148 g. The 5 megapixel camera on the rear captures both photos and video in 3D using its dual lenses. The recorded material can be viewed directly on the smartphone in glasses-free 3D or on a 3D capable computer monitor or TV.
Cheers ~ Arne